The Ostrich Pillow
Sleeping on long-haul flights typically ends in stiff necks and sore muscles. This invention, designed to block light and support your head, only really ensures that you'll be an object of attention and the subject in many camera phone photos.
Last year, we told you about an Aussie mogul's idea for creating Titanic II, an exact replica of the ill-fated transatlantic liner from 1912. The project is actually still moving forward, albeit slowly, with the cabins being created on land for approval by this summer.
Airplane cabins were once the last frontier for the encroachment of cellphones on our daily lives. Emirates then opened up the airwaves to in-flight mobile calls, then the FAA considered lifting the ban on voice calls, with other airlines looking to attract chatty customers. The auditory onslaught isn't so widespread yet at 32,000 feet, but this may change.
Alternative airline seating
Seating on a airplane should be just that. Seats. Not saddles, not straps for standing-room-only. And most certainly not a ledge coming out from the side of the cabin for propping up butt cheeks. The best seats are those seats that look like seats, comfortably support us in the right places, and meet safety standards. Slimline seats are fine, but we just can't see any of the far-fetched predictions coming to fruition.
[Photos: Mile High Flights, Telegraph, Paul Harris for Sydney Morning Herald, Emirates, Aviointeriors]